Watermelon Season is in and Queen Lindsey has hit the road
running in style.
Her June began as sponsor, Brad Toney, escorted Lindsey in the Red
Skelton Parade. She and National Queen, Emily Brown, were caught
clowning around and having lots of laughs at the 10th Annual Red
Skelton-Paint the Town Red Festival.
Chef Poon joined us in Carmel, Indiana for a Big Grand Opening at
Kroger’s. The customers marveled at Chef Poon’s artistry and Lindsey’s passion and knowledge for watermelons.
Lindsey went on-air with Produce Mom, Lori Taylor, at WISH TV.
They whipped up some watermelon recipes while educating the audience on the health benefits of watermelons.
Melon Patch owner, Jill Williams, sponsored Lindsey at the Old Oaken
Days in Oaktown Indiana. We had to visit the store and have a thirst-quenching drink.
Fun days followed as Queen Lindsey spent a day at the Vincennes Migrant School. She loved reading to the kids, showing them a video and
having a holding a seed spitting contest. They could not get enough of
the vine ripened refreshing melons. Thanks to J.J. Farms for sponsoring this educational opportunity.
What better way to promote watermelons to the public but over the
sound waves. Lindsey did a great job on air with Blazer 91.1, Knox
County Today and WZDM 92.1.
An invitation up north was greeted with great enthusiasm. We were
able to share FreyCo Melons at Mariano’s in Northbrook, Illinois.
As part of pre-race week Lindsey was joined by John Andretti at Riley
Children’s Hospital. They were blessed to visit patients and give them
gifts and words of encouragement. A party was held later in the lobby
for the children who were able to attend.
Race week was off to a fast start! It began with a progressive dinner
and auction Monday night. The races began Tuesday (go-cart style) as
racing filled the day. IWA had a solid team consisting of Dennis, Blake
and Colton Mouzin along with Lindsey. A very generous check was
presented to Riley’s Children’s hospital at the end of the day by IWA.
An impressive tour of the Andretti Sports Center was our next day
of excitement. Thursday and Friday we were on location promoting
watermelons at Kroger. Thursday we were delighted to be joined by
National Queen, Emily Brown, Coordinator Eleanor Bullock, NWP
director Stephanie Barlow and Friday Georgia Queen, Carla Penney,
and coordinator Samantha Kilgore. The grand finale came Saturday
as we cheered on Ross Chastain #4 - but not before our queens delivered fresh cut watermelons to drivers and crew. Thank you sponsors
Premier Melons, Leger Melons and Melon Acres!
Queen Lindsey got to attend the Indiana State Fair on two occasions.
Her first visit was a long but rewarding one day event partnered with
Kroger. Rick Linenburg was gracious to come and help out for the
very busy day handing out cups watermelon.
The following week Farm Bureau invited us to attend their three day
event in which we served sliced watermelon. Our friends from Melon
Acres, Jay Tislow, Jamie Adams, Taylor Vieck, Steven Hobbs and Vincennes Tractor all contributed to ‘The Year of the Farmer’ event.
Our quarter wraps up with Queen Lindsey traveling around promoting
six different Marsh stores. Each one was unique and equally as pleasant. Danny Jones once again generously provided for these events.
I hope you all have been blessed with a bountiful crop and prosperity in
all you do.
Illiana Promotion Coordinator
Kroger Grand Opening
Signing autographs with
Indiana Pacer mascot
IWA loves our Riley kids
Freyco Melon at
#4 driver, Ross Chastain, with Georgia, National
and Illiana Queens
Visiting our ‘Old